Being a photographer requires the skill and talent to take beautiful, exciting, attention grabbing pictures. It is an art and a business all in one. However, if your people skills are lacking, so will your business. If you do not know how to make your clients feel comfortable and relaxed with you your photography business will not succeed.
Maintain Eye Contact
When you are using a tripod to take someone's picture line up the shot, and then step away from your camera to make eye contact with your client. You can then keep your eye contact by instructing them on their position, mood and angle.
This will help make your client feel more comfortable than if you were to talk to them while looking through your camera. This can make them feel alone and uncomfortable.
By making eye contact, speaking in a relaxed and conversational tone you can make your client feel more comfortable. If your client has to talk to a camera for the entire session, they may not feel very comfortable or much like returning to your place of business.
Natsumi Hayashi is a Japanese girl who take self-portraits of herself levitating.
She can be spotted in and around Tokyo, equipped with her SLR and her self-timer.
Ms. Hayashi posts on her blog “Yowa Yowa Camera Woman Diary”
- meaning “a feeble camera woman’s diary,” -
"I wanted to express myself in the picture as someone free from Earth's gravitational pull,"
"In being free of gravity in the pictures, I am also not bound to societal conventions.
I feel as though I am not tied to many things and able to be my true self."
"We are all surrounded by social stress as we are bound by the forces of earth's gravity," "So, I hope that people feel something like an instant release from their stressful days by seeing my levitation photos."
Here Rolando Gomez gives good photography tips and shares his ideas to help you improve your inspiring photography.
Have an open mind about things, not a closed minded attitude. A great way to look at this is to ask yourself, questions—open-ended questions. Close-ended questions result in only “yes” or “no” answers while open-ended questions require an explanation.
It’s in these explanations that you’ll start to form ideas, or photographic concepts.
As an example, don’t ask yourself, “Is the sky blue today,” instead ask yourself,
“How can I change the color or saturation of the sky?”.
The most common mistake made by photographers is that they are not physically close enough to their subjects. In some cases this means that the center of interest- the subject -is just a speck, too small to have any impact. Even when it is big enough to be decipherable, it usually carries little meaning. Viewers can sense when a subject is small because it was supposed to be and when it's small because the photographer was too shy to get close.
Don't be shy. If you approach people in the right way, they'll usually be happy to have their picture made.
It's up to you to break the ice and get them to cooperate. Joke around with them. Tell them why you want to make the picture. Practice with people you know so that you are comfortable; people can sense when you aren't.